Full fight video Danny McIntosh vs Thierry Karl
Danny McIntosh won the vacant European light-heavyweight title with a dramatic 11th round KO of Thierry Karl in Levallois-Perret, France on Saturday night.
McIntosh, the English light heavyweight champion entered the defining round way behind on points and heading for defeat, until he produced an overhand right that caught Karl flush, stunning him.
With the Frenchman hurt, McIntosh stormed in with a combination of punches to drop Karl to the canvas, referee Guido Cavalleri stepped in and waved things off with 38 seconds remaining in the round.
‘The Big Mac’ was up against it in France and in the early rounds his inexperience shown, but the grit and effort he displayed to stay in the fight and never doubt himself paid dividends in the end.
In just his 14th fight, McIntosh has re-established himself and come of age, since his loss to Nathan Cleverly in July 2009, and the gamble he took going abroad to take on the experienced former three weight French champion, who had only ever been stopped once in 32 fights, was a gamble that paid off and as catapulted the Norwich boxer from the boxing wilderness, into the high rungs of boxing’s rafters.